Until November, Lisa Traina had a classic New York glamour job: organizing private parties in the Art Deco opulence of the Rainbow Room. Now she spends 10-hour shifts walking down gritty sidewalks trying to persuade homeless people to go to the Bowery Mission for food and shelter.
"I worked at the top of the world," she said. "And the next day you're working down on Broadway and saying to somebody, 'Let me show you where you can get a bowl of soup for the night.' "